Expat update: Month 3

We’re now 3 whole months into this expat journey and I’ve had a few people ask whether I feel settled in yet. The truth is, I never really felt like I had to settle in. We just arrived and carried on as usual – things have been incredibly easy so far. Either I’ve got a big shock to come, or the UK to Australia move is a pretty easy one. We’ll see, shall we?!

The Good

Settling into our flat ¦¦ We now have pretty much all the furniture, electronics and other sundry nonsense that you need when furnishing a new place. It’s beginning to feel like home which is very welcome for this nester here.

This is one of my very favourite possessions, the painting that belonged to my Granny. I am so, so glad it survived the journey over from the UK and it makes me so happy every time I look at it.

Our first visitor ¦¦ Hand in hand with furnishing our flat comes the ability to host visitors! And I’m so excited to welcome our first visitor, my cousin Emma. She has come here to study so she’ll be in Sydney for the next few months – even better! We had her to stay briefly before she moved into her accommodation in the city and it’s been so good to see her. We had a welcome dinner together with my sister, and Emma made the most delicious pavlova (how appropriate) whilst heavily jet lagged. What a pro.

Meeting moar blogging buddies ¦¦ I’ve loved meeting some more internet friends; I had a drink with Sam who lives just down the road from me and who was so friendly and helpful with all thing expat related. She moved here from the UK herself almost 10 years ago so everything I’m going through, she’s been there, done that and well and truly got the t-shirt. It was a very comforting chat! Last weekend I met Courtney, Travis and the adorable Leighton (she’s cuter in person than in pictures would you believe?!) who kindly gave up their one free Sunday in months to have lunch with us and welcome us to Brisbane. Once again I’m so grateful for how nice people are on the internet!

A new project at work ¦¦ Things are FINALLY picking up for me at work! I’m so excited about it! I may not be for long as this one is going to be a lot of hard work, but at this point in time I’m just so happy to have something to sink my teeth into again that I really don’t care. I’ll be staying in Melbourne 4 or 5 nights a week for about 6 weeks, with a week in Adelaide thrown in for good measure. I’m excited to explore Melbourne in the very small amount of free time I’ll have, so any recommendations please let me know.

We also had a great team meeting, which happen quarterly, and this time it was hosted by the Sydney office. We had a pretty nice view for the day.

That was definitely a pinch-me moment. I live here!

Celebrating S’s birthday ¦¦ This month was S’s turn to celebrate his birthday in Australia. This one isn’t his first, unlike mine, but we did celebrate in true Aussie style with a barbecue in the park. Our local park has free barbecues (as do many parks in Australia) so we made full use. It was a beautiful day and we sat out and enjoyed the sun with some family and new friends for a surprisingly long time.

Then I took S to a cat cafe because #cats. A fun time was had by all, especially this guy who took my coat hostage. Yes, that’s my famous Tarjay coat. Loved by all, feline and human!

Look at that face. He wasn’t giving up without a fight.

The Bad

Missing my best friend’s wedding ¦¦ Enough said. I’m still sad about it. Thanks for all your kind messages, they really helped. And just to update any interested parties, my bestie sent me a sweet photo showing the opal bracelet I gave her that she wore at the wedding. I bought it from the same shop here in Sydney that S and I got my engagement ring from (also opal), so I’m pleased we were connected in that way at least.

My sister is coming to visit… but I’m going to Melbourne ¦¦ After months of sitting around working from home, of course the minute my sister visits from the UK I’m going to be spending all my time in Melbourne. Still, we’re not going to let this stop us and I think she might be keen on a Melbourne trip herself so watch this space!

I’m finding the time zone challenge really hard! ¦¦ When you just have one person to call in a different time zone, it’s not so bad. But when everyone is in a different time zone, scheduling catch ups becomes very tricky! With a 9 hour time difference I can only really call the UK on Saturday or Sunday evenings, so that’s two people a week. When I’m not otherwise travelling, out, or not paying attention. So basically I just need to get my act together and start properly planning in calls, I think. Sounds a bit clinical but otherwise it just won’t happen.

The Ugly

In case you’re new to these updates, I’ve decided to share The Ugly side of things via email. That way, I can share a bit more honestly on things like work and personal matters that I don’t want searchable on t’internet. Seeing as you’re all my friends, I’d just feel a bit happier doing it this way.

So if you want to know The Ugly, just put your email address in the box and I’ll add you to the list. You’ll get mail from me 2-3 days after you see this post, just to give everyone a chance to sign up who wants to.

Anyone miss The Ugly last month? No..? Well I didn’t send one. So you’ll get a bumper edition this month. Aren’t you lucky?!

Rachel

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You 

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23 Comments

  1. 3rd August 2017 / 22:28

    We had such a good time at lunch with y’all! It must happen again when we are in each other’s cities. That’s so sweet about the bracelet you sent your BFF. I think the U.K. Aussie time difference is the hardest to work around, I can’t imagine trying to arrange multiple phone catch ups around it.

  2. 3rd August 2017 / 23:36

    Yes the time difference…. not looking forward to that. Have usually lived only a few hours either way so 8/9 hours will be a challenge.

    We must meet if we can in Sydney! If not this time then next!

  3. Jen
    4th August 2017 / 00:40

    I’m so glad that your flat is starting to feel more like home! It’s amazing how good it feels when you get your stuff and you can just settle in. 🙂

  4. 4th August 2017 / 00:58

    It’s really good that you’ve not had any kind of big shock and have been able to carry on. I’m about to move from the Midlands to Scotland, so it’s no where near the kind of move you’ve done, but I can kinda empathise with planning when it call people. I’ll be at university, have a part-time job which will probably be evenings and weekends, and having to fit that around mine and other people’s work commitments is hard enough on the same time zone, let alone with a nine hour differences.

  5. 4th August 2017 / 01:10

    I cannot imagine living in a totally different time zone than all my peeps!

    Hurrah for visitors and more blogger friends. Sorry for any ugly that’s come along.

  6. 4th August 2017 / 03:54

    Sounds like everything is going swimmingly – so glad!! I havent actually been to Melbourne but really want to, I’ve heard its a great city! x

  7. 4th August 2017 / 08:23

    YAY for settling into a semblance of a normal life (or as normal as it can be with those business trips to Melbourne)! Can you take a drive and see the 12 apostles? I think that’s what they are called!

    Ooomph. Time zones. When I was in China for work last year, they nearly killed me. I would get up super early to handle end of day business in the US, put in a full day in China, and then go to bed only to wake up and see that I missed the entire day in the US> I don’t know how people do that for an extended amount of time!

  8. 4th August 2017 / 12:05

    A cat cafe just opened in my city and I need to go! Glad things are picking up and you have found bloggers to hang out with – what a great perk!

  9. 4th August 2017 / 20:48

    Ah expat life can be HARD! A lot of people think that it’s a walk in the park but the harsh reality is that you miss out on a lot of things. Luckily for you your life in Australia seems to have a lot of positive aspects so far! I’ve been an expat pretty much my whole life so I know how tough these things can sometimes be- you’ve got to focus on the positive and the incredible experience that you’re living!!! Lots of love

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

  10. 4th August 2017 / 22:29

    ha i was just gonna say, i didn’t get an Ugly last month 😉 let it all out sister! and you know what i find funny? that anyone has asked if you feel settled after JUST 3 months. i think it took me years to feel settled in a new location haha. and that was an up and down feeling for sure. i’m glad you have had a visitor already and that work is falling into place! all good things!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  11. 5th August 2017 / 00:00

    It looks like you ARE settling in! For me it’s always about my house. Once everything is in its place I feel I can finally call the place home and make myself comfortable. So excited about your job opportunities! Time difference is definitely a bummer, but eventually you get used to it. I literally just finished talking to my mom in NYC. Sometimes all I do is yawn over the phone though, because it is so late here when it’s morning her time. 😀

  12. 5th August 2017 / 06:00

    oh that painting is gorgeous. i’m glad it survived the journey as well. hope your sister is able to go to melbourne. WHY DIDN’T I GO TO THE CAT CAFE. RAGE. so cool you got to meet courtney and leighton! she is so adorable. i wish we would have been able to make it to brisbane. next time!

  13. 5th August 2017 / 09:28

    Aww, you met Courtney! That’s SO fun. Glad all is going well with settling in and that really it doesn’t feel like setting in, that sounds just great! 😀

  14. 6th August 2017 / 19:54

    Isn’t Sammie so lovely?!?! She’s one of my favourite Aussie bloggers. Once I get back from our Hawaii trip we totally need to meet up! I’m hoping the last quarter of the year will be not so crazy haha.

    The UK to Aus time difference really is such a challenge. One of my clients lives in Sydney but her husband is in the UK so she’s often back and forth and when she’s in the UK I end up having to call her at dinner time for us (after work hours which I never usually do) as otherwise we never get to work out details!

  15. 8th August 2017 / 02:28

    Sounds like a great new chapter is off to a great start! Fingers crossed you and your sister can make a Melbourne meetup work.

  16. 8th August 2017 / 23:02

    Glad you are settling in nicely and that the transition has been fairly smooth. Also making new friends is great. You did it!! Bet it feels good.

  17. 9th August 2017 / 00:01

    So exciting to have your first visitor, and meeting blogging friends!

  18. 10th August 2017 / 06:15

    I’m not sure I believe Leighton can be any cuter in person – but so glad you got some more catch-ups in! Not a substitute for being at home, but pretty fun 🙂 Definitely sounds like you’ve got your rhythm going now!

  19. 11th August 2017 / 13:52

    That’s great that you feel all settled in! I have to say, it took me a couple years to feel properly settled in London from NYC and having to get used to London corporate culture – quite different! But Melbourne! Would love to get down there so how fun that you get to spend a lot of time there and I do hope your sister gets to Melbourne for a visit!

  20. 19th August 2017 / 04:01

    That’s so exciting that you’re getting your flat set up just how you like it, and that you’ve already had visitors too! And hooray for getting to meet other bloggers in person! It always amazes me too how nice everybody is when you finally get to meet in person.

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